Tips for Fire Damage Restoration
Top 5 Tips for Fire Damage Restoration
Fire Damage Restoration work is a tough job. People call SERVPRO of Alachua County West asking for advice on how to clean up after a fire. Below are five tips that we recommend to people that call us.
Until the home or business is restored, limit activity and movement in the affected areas. Soot particles can do more damage, by tracking or touching. Protect items that are not damaged by covering with towels, blankets, etc. Turn A/C off and replace filters.
- REMOVE SMOKE DAMAGE
With any fire, you may have damage to your walls, wallpaper or ceilings. If the smoke damage is not too serious, it can be cleaned with detergents. With a grease fire, that is a little more complicated. Always start less aggressive and increase that agitation slowly. After thorough cleaning, most likely you will need to paint.
- REMOVE MOLD & MILDEW
Another issue with fire damage is the water that is used to put the fire out. Mold and mildew can grow because of the water. Mold should be removed by a licensed Mold Remediator, to be sure your home or business is safe to reside in.
- REPAIR AND/OR DRY OUR FLOORING
If the flooring is not damaged, the water needs to be extracted and pad removed from carpeted areas. Water can travel underneath vinyl and wood flooring. This will also need to be checked for moisture and addressed.
- CLEAN CLOTHING
Make sure not to smear soot on clothing. It is recommended that your clothing be taken to a professional dry-cleaning company. Ask if they have experience in post fire laundry.
- CLEAN DISHES
Even with dishes inside a cabinet, they can be affected. An easy and quick way to clean dishes is to get a large Rubbermaid tote and fill with cleaning solution of bleach and water. Let the dishes soak. If you are unsure whether you will be satisfied with cleaning the dishes, just throw them out. Remember, you eat from these dishes. Rubber and wood absorbs smoke.
Fire Damage Clean-Up takes a lot of time and work. You may be better off hiring a Fire Damage Restoration Company, and that’s where SERVPRO of Alachua County West comes in.
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